Police use of force down, but officer injuries up
A report prepared for the Winnipeg Police Board shows officers were able to resolve issues without the use of force in almost all calls for service last year. The report says officers were able to resolve matters 99.58 per cent of the time without resorting to a heavy hand. It says officers used, or threatened to use, force to subdue someone once every 240 calls, and most often relied on a Taser if a weapon was required. Police Chief Danny Smyth notes in the report that over the past five years, the number of officers reporting injuries has gone up — the likely result of officers using less force than required.